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  1. The Ravens Are Ready to Lean on Their Defense — Again

    Robert Mays

    It's hard to question Ozzie Newsome. The Hall of Fame tight end turned general manager has run the Ravens for 18 years now. It's a stretch that includes eight 10-win seasons, two Super Bowl wins, and two more trips to the AFC Cham...

    Blog | July 15, 2014
  2. In Defense of the Worm-Eye: 'The Strain' and Gross-Out ...

    Molly Lambert

    In the past few weeks on your daily commute, you may have noticed billboards and posters depicting an eye being opened by a gloved hand to examine the worm that has wriggled its way inside like a parasite. This is the promo art for...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  3. The Case for Melo to the Hornets

    Michael Pina

    Whatever your views on Carmelo Anthony - as an open wound on defense, cap space-guzzling hangover, or misunderstood, point-scoring virtuoso - it's undeniable that whichever team signs him this summer will be mu...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  4. It's Going to Be Fine: An Honest (Really) Defense of Claimed...

    Holly Anderson

    Here's a thing we didn't know about a favorite term, often deployed with derision, for the annual college football title: The term "mythical national championship" actually dates back to 1921, a linguistic reme...

    Blog | June 19, 2014
  5. The Weekend of Manny Machado's Discontent

    Michael Baumann

    I'm far too publicly in the tank for Manny Machado to walk back my praise for him. Over the past two years I've gushed about his defense and intelligence, called him one of the coolest players in the game, and generally not shut u...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  6. NBA Playoffs Overnight: The Perfect Spur

    netw3rk, Andrew Sharp, Shea Serrano and Chris Ryan

    A look back at last night's NBA action. (GIFs by Jason Gallagher) Andrew Sharp: He would smother people on defense. He would knock down open 3s and never take any other kind of shot from the perimeter. He'd have a...

    Blog | May 20, 2014
  7. The Designated Player: The Roller Derby Defenses of MLS

    Graham Parker

    A couple of weeks ago I described New York's breakout win over Houston Dynamo, with the caveat that the Red Bulls defense appeared to be built on roller skates. Fast forward to last weekend and it's ROLLER DERBY! EVERYWHERE! For anyone o...

    Blog | May 15, 2014
  8. Samir Nasri Was Manchester City's Secret Weapon

    Ryan O'Hanlon

    If you watched any part of Manchester City's title-winning season, some things stood out: how frequently David Silva made defenses look like they've never played together, the number of bad haircuts on their backline. You probably...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  9. The End of Mark Jackson and a New Beginning for the Warriors

    Zach Lowe

    I first interviewed Mark Jackson about 20 games into last season for a piece about Golden State's massive improvement on defense. Jackson went out of his way to point out, unsolicited and on the record, that it would be wrong to publicly cr...

    Blog | May 07, 2014
  10. Don’t Stop Frontin’: The Mind-Boggling Multiplicity o...

    Robert Mays

    In half a second, Manny Ramirez will snap the ball over Peyton Manning's head, and Denver's Super Bowl nightmare will be on its way. But that isn't important right now. Right now, in the exact moment before that ball is...

    Blog | May 01, 2014
  11. Difficult X-Men: A Defense of Cyclops

    Alex Pappademas

    Earlier this month, I wrote a thing about the X-Men character Gambit, of whom I am not a fan. I knew exactly what I was doing when I did this, but I definitely underestimated precisely how many hornets were in that nest. Turns out the Cajun Puss in B...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  12. Farewell, Woody: The Knicks Clean House

    Zach Lowe

    Mike Woodson had no chance of returning as Knicks coach once James Dolan shelled out that sweet, sweet Cablevision money for Phil Jackson. Woodson has a reputation as a defense-first guy, but with the exception of the mini-season he coached after Mik...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  13. Andrelton Simmons, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Resisting the Temptati...

    Michael Baumann

    We're going to learn a lot about defense in the next five years, as Major League Baseball releases PITCHf/x-type data for fielders and batted balls, and the people capable of doing big data-crunchy stuff start to figure out what t...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  14. NBA Mailbag: This Is the End

    Bill Simmons

    I know, I know ...; we're two days late with the weekly NBA bag again. In my defense, my entire life revolves around the free-falling Celtics, Chad Ford's Big Board 8.0 and endless conversations about Wiggins, Ja...

    Blog | April 11, 2014
  15. Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, and Two Goals, at the (Almost...

    Mike L. Goodman

    It's really hard to watch two soccer matches at the same time. All of the things that make soccer a distinct sport - the lack of stoppages in play, the fluid transitions from attack to defense - also make it completely i...

    Blog | April 02, 2014
  16. Teddy Bridgewater or Blake Bortles?

    Bill Barnwell

    Who would have thought you could learn so much about a quarterback by simply taking the defense off the field? Last week, top quarterback prospects Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles each went through their respective pro day workouts. It's har...

    Blog | March 25, 2014